Help us build our “Farmer Barn”

We’re building a Farmer Barn -aka- a warm, energy efficient little cabin! The project is already underway, but we need a financial boost to complete the build – so we’d like to offer YOU a unique offering from our farm! Every little bit of support will help us out and this is a great way to support us AND get a useful, awesome gift every month!

Why we are fundraising right now:

For the past 4 years we’ve focused 100% on our farm; keeping all of our animals healthy and happy as well as building infrastructure. Finally we’ve decided it is time to build ourselves a  little studio home/Farmer’s Barn so that we can actually stay warm in the winter and live more energy efficiently. It’s felt like we’ve been living in one of the coldest houses in Wisconsin for the past 4 years!

Our “Farmer’s Barn” is a very modest 20 by 32 cabin, which Andrew is building with the help of his folks. We’ve always been bootstrappers, but this project is taking a lot of upfront payments to get to the next level. So far we have built a road with 80 tons of gravel delivered, had a cement truck come to pour the concrete piers upon which our cabin will sit, and then began building from the bottom up. We have only just begun, and every day brings us one small step forward in building and one more chunk of change out of the wallet! P1110043

How can you support us while getting something super unique  in return?

By snapping up a subscription to our “Year of Goatmilk Soap”! Treat yourself, or give it as a thoughtful and fantastic year long gift!

P1110039We will send you two bars of our luscious Goatmilk Soap EACH and EVERY month for a WHOLE YEAR, with your contribution of $100! This includes shipping to US addresses, International Residents will be charged $155 for subscription, shipping, and processing fees.

Khaiti makes this soap by hand, using the milk our goat MayMay gives us. The secret recipe is one she worked on for years… it’s super long lasting, extremely gentle on your skin (goatmilk has the same pH as our skin), AND it lathers richly without leaving any cruddy residue. Our soap is made from goat milk, coconut oil, olive oil and lye. Some varieties have essential oils added for scent, and organic materials for color or texture (like oatmeal, spices, coffee.)

The Year of Goatmilk Soap will begin in December 2014 (perfect timing for the Holidays!) and run until November 2015. Unlike a Kickstarter project, even if we don’t reach our total goal you will receive your Year of Goatmilk Soap! Our Fundraising Goal is to reach at least 100 paid subscribers! You can see our fundraising graphic on the side there which will keep you updated on our progress – you can always click on it to go to sign up for our Year of Goatmilk Soap!

If you are gifting a fantastic Year of Goatmilk Soap, please email us the “ship-to” address(es.) Thanks!   farmers (at) ltdfarm.com


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Every little bit is really going to help us get this done, and we really look forward to being warm this winter!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

If you are so inclined you can donate any amount to our cause!




The new farmer revolution!

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Since we started farming together here on this land in 2010, the two of us have been learning HOW TO farm at the same time. Without any formal farming apprenticeships or interning experiences, we both were total greenhorns when we started. We didn’t have much money to live on, and every penny we made and make keeps going back into our farm. But you know what? We’ve learned ALOT these past 4 years, and we’re still learning, and we’re making a living. Each year, life keeps handing us humbling setbacks and curveballs, but we keep our eyes on the prize of fulfilling our mission and keep at it. Perhaps we aren’t doing everything perfectly just yet.  Many things we planned to have completed by now aren’t totally done. We’ve experienced some disasters and many frustrations. But this is how you learn. You have to hang in there during the tough times to see the reward.P1100925

This season it feels like we have our act together and are headed in a solid direction. It is satisfying to feel that the many steps we took toward a goal are finally adding up to something – It’s been a tough road to get here alright! The key for new farmers is to start something, work as hard as you can, and find the things you are really, really good at, then keep doing them and grow. When we started, we tried as many farm projects as we could. By necessity, many of them have been abandoned when it was clear that they weren’t helping us financially to move forward, or they just didn’t fit into our work flow, skill set, or we weren’t 100% passionate about the product we were producing. Too much diversity means you can go absolutely crazy trying to keep up with it all. Breeding poultry, rabbits, pigs and goats are some examples in our farm journey. Gardening for a CSA has been a challenge, especially starting on a totally new patch of land, and of course climate change has meant very odd weather patterns.

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What we are really passionate about is giving our ducks, chickens, turkeys, and pigs  the best lives possible on pasture. We love the food that they become. Since we can never stop exploring other things we may love, we are trying out pastured veal calves this year as our new project and so far they have been just lovely to raise. Basically, the theme for us is animals. Our farm start-up was based on providing an ethical alternative to factory farm food and connecting customers to their food.

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Check out the latest issue (August) of ACRES USA magazine to get the first installment of Khaiti’s article series geared towards new farmers. The focus is to help aspiring ecological farmers get going into farming smartly, by following their passion. We’re pretty excited to watch this publication reach out to the new farmer revolution underway!

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pastured!

Can you spot the lady ducks hiding in the grass?1655737_10152199133991448_4193783938692871107_oOur pigs really enjoy the cool shade in their “Pig Park,” where they get to run, root in the dirt and play as all pigs should!P1100883

Our goslings, chickens and turkeys all get along just great on pasture, the little turkeys like to help clean up the broilers’ beaks after dinner.

P1100856P1100851One of our pastured veal calves, Bucco, enjoying some delicious grazing.
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Our hay harvest is coming off the field where we pastured our turkeys, geese and chickens last summer and fall. Our bale yield has gone up considerably because of all the nutrients the birds added to the soil!P1100821

A simple and delicious dinner to make without heating up the kitchen hardly at all: Fresh Duck Egg pasta, amaranth greens (you could use any greens) and garlic scapes (or green beans would be good too) all cooked together in a pot of water for 3-4 minutes, then topped with salty aged goat feta, olive oil and black pepper.P1100809P1100813

Nanking Cherry Seeds after extracting the juice, which is shown in the process of simmering down with apple vinegar and frozen serrano peppers from last year to make an experimental cherry hot sauce. The seeds we’ll save to plant next year.P1100812P1100815P1100889 P1100890 P1100892